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New Mexico and Louisiana are the only 2 states where cock fighting remains legal. Puerto Rico still has stadiums built only for fighting birds with long sharp razors strapped to there feet. It is time for this to be stopped.
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from IDA's site: Although it is illegal in 48 states, cockfighting is a tradition that dates back several centuries and spans several cultures. Thus it is difficult to stamp out. Like other illegal animal fights, cockfights take place surreptitiously.


Cockfighting is an organized fight between two roosters who are placed in a pit to fight each other. The roosters have been trained to severely injure and/or kill one another. These birds, which are raised for the purpose of fighting, are tormented to make them aggressive. They are also given various legal and illegal drugs such as strychnine, caffeine, amphetamines, and epinephrine to make them more aggressive, increase their endurance and clot the blood that will flow during the fight.


The natural spurs of the roosters are sawed off and replaced by razor sharp steel blades or curved implements called gaffs which measure from one to three inches long. During the fight, from which neither rooster can escape, the birds peck and maim one another with their beaks and weapons. The long, sharp gaffs stab deep into the flesh often requiring handlers to physically pull the animals apart. Although they have been bred to fight, the animals often become tired, incapable and suffer severe injuries. The fight only ends when one rooster is dead or is too weak to fight. The loser then gets thrown in the trash, sometimes while still alive. For the winner, there is no guarantee that he will survive his injuries and often ends up with the same fate as the losing bird. Cockfights are held before an arena of cheering spectators who often wager large sums of money on the outcome of the contest. Children are often present at the fights, leading to concern that they are being desensitized to the suffering of others and they are being encouraged to use violence.
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Mar 7
{ else }   Alert: please email the virginia deligates about sb 1190!! harsher penlties for cock fighters
by carol c. (0 comments | 0 discussions) — view 1190 here : http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?071+ful+SB1190ES1\\r\\n\\r\\nplease email Gov. Tim Kaine http://www.governor.virginia.gov/AboutTheGovernor/contactGovernor.cfm\\r\\n\\r\\n\\r\\nPlease contact the Members of the House Subcommittee on ... more »

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